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PHAI Researches Unfair Food Marketing to Kids (and those who purchase for kids)

December 8th, 2009

Staff Attorney Cara Wilking Presents Poster

-- Staff Attorney, Cara Wilking, Presents Poster

On December 2, 2009, Mark Gottlieb and Cara Wilking presented a poster to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research program grantees in Tucson, Arizona.

PHAI is exploring how state consumer protection laws can be used to address unfair and deceptive food and beverage marketing practices directed toward children or those who purchase food and beverages for children.  Such state laws may permit private citizens, attorneys general or prosecutors to bring actions consumer fraud.

Recently, Connecticut state attorney general Richard Blumenthal launched an investigation into the Smart Choices labeling program. The eight large food companies that participated in the labeling program (ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Inc., Kellogg Company, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, Inc., Riviana Foods, Sun-Maid and Unilever) have agreed to remove the program’s logo from their products, at least during the investigation.

PHAI’s findings will be available by the Fall of 2010.

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